OTB news roundup: Comic-Con edition

Last updated 11:40 26/07/2013

Comic-Con 2013 took place last weekend, meaning lots of geeky news spewed forth from the veritable army of bloggers, reporters and fans who descended on San Diego. And since I have nothing better for you today, here is a round-up of stories from the 'Con (and beyond) that caught my attention...

20130726SyFy Channel are developing 12 Monkeys, Oz spinoffs
One of the most surprising stories to emerge this week: SyFy are developing an adaptation of mid-90s movie 12 Monkeys - the original film was released in 1995, directed by Terry Gilliam, and starred Bruce Willis as a time traveller forced to travel back as a way of earning release from future-prison (it also scored Brad Pitt an Oscar nomination). SyFy are also developing a mini-series titled Warriors Of Oz, with Timur Bekmambetov (try saying that name 10 times fast) at the helm. Timur also directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter... so who knows how this might turn out.

I'm beyond excited for Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD
The panel for Marvel's live-action TV series - co-created (and pilot-directed) by Joss Whedon, the man responsible for last year's smash The Avengers - brought with it a swag of new photos, which you can take a look at here. Among much else, the photos reveal that Cobie Smulders will be reprising her Avengers role in (at least) the pilot of the show - which begs the question: Who else from The Avengers is likely to show up? Let the speculation begin...

Ayyyy, Henry Winkler has been cast on Parks & Recreation
I loved Winkler's turn on Arrested Development (his appearance in Season 4 was one of the highlights for me), so the news that he has been cast as Jean Ralphio's dad on Parks & Recreation is very welcome indeed.

From Jarrah to Jafar
As a Lostie, one of the most exciting announcements at Comic-Con was that Naveen Andrews - aka Lost castaway Sayid Jarrah - would be playing the evil Jafar on Once Upon A Time spinoff Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. Hitfix have an interesting video interview with Andrews, here.

Supernatural gets a spinoff
Worried that Season 9 might be the end of Supernatural? Fear not - The CW have started developing a spin-off of the show, which will be based around a character introduced in the second half of Season 9. Exciting!

Sherlock will make His Last Vow
The creative force behind BBC's Sherlock - namely Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue - confirmed the titles for the three episodes of Season 3: The Empty Hearse, The Sign Of Three and The Last Vow. Even more exciting is that they confirmed both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are signed up for a fourth season. Marvellous!

Bunheadshas been officially canceled
Lame.

Trailer released for Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
Attenborough docos are great and all, but I was a kid obsessed with space - and for that reason, one of the most exciting new season shows (for me) is a remake of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. Produced by Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan (Sagan's widow), and hosted by the very cool Neil deGrasse Tyson, the show will be a thirteen-part look around our universe, and I can't wait. The first trailer appeared earlier this week. Enjoy!

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